Marken Sampler


MARKEN SAMPLER… This is such a beautiful sampler from Margreet Beemsterboer. I purchased this from Needleprint years ago and plan to start it in 2015

The pattern is free on her site.


Size:  409W x 277H.

409W = 22.72″ – 28″
277H = 15.39″ – 20″

36ct fabric cut 28″ x 20″ – Size 28 or 26 needle.

Pattern calls for 32 count Belfast Linen. I will be using 36 count white linen.

Black Oasis 12 strand silk. 2 strands over 2 threads. Running stitch will be 1 strand over 3 threads.


Started:   1/5/2015… I had planned to use Oasis black silk, however, I didn’t like the way the floss behaved.  Division was inconsistant, where some strands were thick and some strands were thin.  Very hard to control.  It glided through the fabric just fine however, I just didn’t like the consistancy.  I’ll be using this for blackwork letters on the LDS Flemish Giant.  Actually, I think this floss is really nice for blackwork.

I decided to use Empress silk, dark blue teal and for the GOLD…  Gloriana Old Gold.

Update:  1/16/2015… The dark blue teal and gold worked out really well. I like working on this when I get tired of changing colors all the time.  It’s a nice repetitious design where I don’t have to keep looking at the chart.

Marken Sampler